Well, former 140-pound lineal champion, Danny Garcia, has earned himself another crown in a second division.
The 27-year-old Philadelphia native overcame a rough start before outscoring Robert Guerrero in a unanimous-decision victory on the January 23 edition of PBC on FOX.
The scheduled 12-round Welterweight fight headlined a big evening of boxing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
During the opening rounds, Garcia had to overcome a rough start as Guerrero, a 32-year-old native of Gilroy, California, pushed forward confidently with shots to the body and head.
Guerrero was aggressive and confident in the early rounds, forcing Garcia to fight on his back foot for most of the fight.
However, Garcia began unleashing his signature right hook by the middle portion of the fight. Garcia. it seemed, learned that he could use his footwork to lure Guerrero in for a right hook before repeating the same process. Guerrero’s exhaustion only made it easier for Garcia, who fought at roughly the same pace as the earlier rounds.
“I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight. He’s a rugged warrior,” said Garcia.
With the fight slipping away, Guerrero was aggressive in Rounds 11 and 12, but he was no longer the man who fought aggressively in Round 1.
All judges scored the fight 116-112 for Garcia. RBRBoxing.com had it 115-113 for the same man.
“I want a rematch and that’s it. Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team,” said Guerrero, though the consensus is that he lost the fight.
“I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I out-jabbed him,” said Guerrero, though that was only the case in the early rounds.
Guerrero was adamant about a rematch, while Garcia felt he beat him soundly. Both men, however, said they’re willing to fight any top-10 fighter in the division.
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